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Global Fitness Empire F45 Training Creates Fitness Offering for Adolescents Launching in Select Studios Nationwide October 24th
(Los Angeles, CA – October 24, 2020). This Fall, F45 launches Prodigy, a specially designed program for adolescents between 11-17 years of age. Prodigy is the latest innovation from F45, one of the world’s fastest growing functional fitness network, which has been designed to deliver a safe, effective and time-efficient form of physical activity for adolescents. Landing in selected studios on October 24th, Prodigy provides adolescents the opportunity to develop both physically and mentally – in a motivating, community environment.
The prevalence of adolescents that are being classified as overweight and obese has reached unprecedented levels. Despite intense clinical and public health focus on obesity and weight-related behaviors during the past decade, obesity prevalence remains high with 1 in 5 children classified as obese according to the CDC. According to the American Council on Exercise, children should participate in a variety of physical activities every day, including active play, non-competitive activities and vigorous exercise, making high intensity interval training (HIIT) a safe form of physical activity for children and adolescents.
“With the success of F45, we’ve specifically developed a Functional HIIT program with the aim to combat the rise of obesity and health related issues in adolescents,” said Lee Wallace, F45 Chief Sport Science Officer. “F45 Prodigy’s HIIT workouts have been designed to mimic the nature of children’s day-to-day movements making it more appealing, engaging and enjoyable for kids, compared to other fitness structures, encouraging a lifelong participation in physical exercise.”
The F45 Prodigy program will be available in a variety of formats, depending on where you are in the United States. To align with COVID-19 mandates, the F45 Prodigy team have put every parameter in place to ensure the health and safety of members. F45 Prodigy sessions will have reduced class sizes to maintain social distancing guidelines, designated workout stations for adolescents and eliminate person-to-person contact and sharing of equipment. They will also include extended breaks in between the sessions, allowing for the equipment to be properly sanitized. For areas where gyms are mandated closed, F45 Prodigy will be available via live Zoom sessions, run by local F45 Prodigy studios.
Current guidelines recommend that adolescents should participate in 60 minutes of moderate-to-high intensity physical activity every day and also include muscle and bone strengthening exercises at least three times per week (Department of Health [DOH], 2018). Collectively, the regular participation in HIIT workouts in child and adolescent populations has been shown to positively influence both health and fitness markers as well as encourage lifelong participation in physical activity.
The roll-out of Prodigy launched in Australia in April 2019 and due to its success is moving to the US for the Fall 2020 launch.
F45 Training is a global fitness training community specializing in innovative, high-intensity group workouts that are fast, fun and proven to get rapid results for members. F45 Training’s commitment to innovation goes well beyond the gym floor. With an ever-growing suite of proprietary fitness and business technology, F45 Training provides an unprecedented level of insight and control for both clients and franchisees. For more information on F45 Training please visit www.f45training.com.
ABOUT F45’S CHIEF SPORTS SCIENCE OFFICER, LEE WALLACE PhD. AES.
Dr. Lee Wallace has had over 16 years’ experience in the sports science industry. Lee is the Director of Sport and Exercise Science / Management at the University of Technology Sydney. He has completed a PhD in Exercise Physiology with a focus on fatigue and recovery, quantifying training loads and modeling performance in athletes. He is an Accredited Exercise Scientist with an extensive research background and numerous peer-reviewed publications to his name. Lee is also an experienced university lecturer in the areas of Functional Anatomy, Structural Anatomy, Strength and Conditioning, Skill Acquisition and Exercise Prescription.
Alongside the F45 Athletic and F45 Challenge Departments, Lee is dedicated to the research and development of F45 Training workouts. Under the guidance of our CEO, the team is tirelessly investigating current and emerging training concepts as well as tweaking and fine-tuning existing training regimens.